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Sunny weather boosts West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition

MINERAL WELLS — If the next three days of the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition are like the first two, organizers say it will be a good year for the fair, in its 46th year. Russ Collins, vice president of the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition board, said the weather ...

Parkersburg Homecoming Committee announces 2018 entertainers, events

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Homecoming Committee has taken the 36th annual weekend event back to its roots in a number of ways. The committee announced its lineup and contests Wednesday afternoon with some of its anchor events like the Rubber Ducky Derby, Music Showcase, Grand Parade and ...

Parkersburg Homecoming fireworks display heading back to Ohio River

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Homecoming’s fireworks show on Saturday night, Aug. 18 will originate from a barge on the Ohio River south of the Parkersburg-Belpre Bridge, Parkersburg Homecoming Committee President Mike Cottrell said Wednesday. “The show is back where it used to be, on the ...

Marietta ready for Sweet Corn Festival

MARIETTA — The Marietta Sweet Corn Festival will be this weekend at Muskingum Park in Marietta. The festival will be 5-9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. The primary attraction is $1 ears of corn donated by Witten Farm Market, along with other food vendors. The entertainment, ...

West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition continues through Saturday

MINERAL WELLS — The 2018 West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition continues today through Saturday with live entertainment, activities, carnival rides and other attractions on Butcher Bend Road near Mineral Wells. The fair also features track events for ATVs, trucks and tractors, youth ...

OUTlandish Bingo fundraiser set for Sunday in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The OUTlandish Bingo Fundraiser to benefit Parkersburg Pride will be held beginning 6 p.m. Sunday at the Dils Center on Market Street in downtown Parkersburg. Doors open 5:30 p.m. for general admission and 4:30 p.m. for those who have pre-purchased tickets. Admission is $20, ...

Parkersburg Art Center to open new exhibit

PARKERSBURG — Professional artists from all over West Virginia and Ohio will have their works on display at the Parkersburg Art Center in an exhibit opening Sunday. The showing kicks off with an opening reception and awards ceremony from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend this ...

ArtsLink to kick off programs Friday

NEW MARTINSVILLE — ArtsLink has a pair of programs coming up. ArtsLink’s Coffeehouse Series will kick off Friday with a concert by The Psychonauts band with local singer/guitarists Kalob Byers and Keith Butcher. The free concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Francis Creative ...

Missoula Children’s Theatre holding ‘Snow White’ auditions

MARIETTA — Peoples Bank Theatre will be welcoming back Missoula Children’s Theatre for a production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” featuring local school-age children. The production begins with auditions on Monday, and culminates with a pair of performances on July 28 at 3 p.m. ...

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Williamstown Ice Cream Social WILLIAMSTOWN — The 74th annual Williamstown Volunteer Fire Department Ice Cream Social will be 6 p.m. Friday at Tomlinson Park. There will be hot dogs, pop, coffee, popcorn, cakes, pies and ice cream. A limited number of half-gallon ice cream containers will be ...

People’s Bank Theatre screens silent film for packed house

MARIETTA — Buster Keaton, with the aid of a world class theater organist, packed them in Friday night at Peoples Bank Theatre, starring in a silent film made almost a century ago. A botany student is awarded an electrical engineering degree by mistake. He attempts to rewire a ...

The Burn to play free concert in Vienna

VIENNA — The Burn will hold a free concert for youth and young adults at 6 p.m. Saturday at Spencer Park in Vienna. The Burn consists of youth from churches that have a desire to grow in their ministry and unite youth groups in the area, sponsors said. It encourages others to worship with ...

Band organ music to fill Peoples Bank Theatre

MARIETTA — Horns, whistles, cymbals and strings will ring through Peoples Bank Theatre Friday, all from one machine. “It has all kinds of tricks,” said Jim Caporale as his theater organ was wheeled into place in the pit below the stage Wednesday. “Bells, gongs and sirens, it’s ...

Patsy Cline tribute set for City Park

PARKERSBURG — The Artsbridge Summer Music in the Park concert series continues with Sherry Wilson Braid performing as Patsy Cline 7 p.m. today at Parkersburg City Park in the bandshell. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to the horseshoe pit shelter. A registered nurse for Wood ...

Camp Vaudeville kicks off

PARKERSBURG — About 40 local children are working through the week to learn about theatrical history and the days of Vaudeville at the historic Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg. The annual Camp Vaudeville program at the Smoot kicked off Monday and continues through this week and ...

West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition to begin July 17

MINERAL WELLS — The 2018 West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition kicks off Tuesday and runs through July 21 at the fairgrounds on Butcher Bend Road near Mineral Wells. The fair will feature live music, carnival rides, crafts, vendors, 4-H activities and track events for ATVs, trucks ...

Broughton wildlife area to host festival

MARIETTA — Final preparations are under way for a new festival to be held Saturday and Sunday at the Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Area off Ohio 821 in Marietta. Some of the events are a 5K race, disc golf tournament, music concert featuring local bands Natural Flavor and ...

Athens offers historical tours

ATHENS, Ohio — A pair of historical tours will be featured in Athens over the weekend. The Brew Week Athens Asylum Tours with George Eberts will be presented July 15 and 19. The tour will featured the historic Athens Asylum, which was the largest building in Ohio when it was constructed. ...

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History program MARIETTA — The Castle and Marietta College History and Education Departments will host a presentation titled “Interpreting the African American Experience” by Cheyney McKnight at 6 p.m. Saturday in Room 124 of Thomas Hall at Marietta College. The event is free and open ...

Peoples Bank Theatre to kick off season

MARIETTA — The Peoples Bank Theatre will kick off its 2018 Summer-Fall Spotlight Series this month. The season’s headliners include Wynonna & The Big Noise, Lorrie Morgan, Mountain Stage, Paula Poundstone, Randy Bachman, Peter Yarrow, Kathy Mattea, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Hot ...